The New Retro
Fashion-forward Laura Vinroot Poole and her architect husband, Perry, created an iconic, stylish home that’s part eclectic Old World charm, part modern—the perfect backdrop for this season’s new-age retro pieces, spanning looks from the forties to today’s chic combinations.
Produced by Blake Miller/Photographs by Chris Edwards Styled by Jade Wills/Assistant Stylist Jenny Wunderlich
CLASSIC CHIC: Interior designer Barrie Benson created the retro setting of the Pooles’ master bedroom, which highlights the forties-esque look shown here: Alberta Ferretti long hair wool coat in beige, $2,300, and Proenza Schouler straight flannel pant in umber, $725, both at Capitol, 704-552-8987. Prada suede shoulder bag, $1,195, at Neiman Marcus, 704-442-7900. Coach Cammy patent pump in chestnut, $228, at Coach, 704-365-7778. Nicole Miller worn gold French wire woven chain medallion drop earrings, $85, at Burke & Co. Jewelry & Accessories, 704-347-3472.
EIGHTIES ELEGANCE: The signature style of the eighties adds sophistication and yet is casual and easy: Lanvin velvet lamb heel boot in camel, $905; Phillip Lim jacket in copper, $388; and Phillip Lim tie blouse, $338, all at Capitol. Soixante Neuf Jewels gold medallion necklace, $228, and Soixante Neuf Jewels necklace, $408, both at Poole Shop, 704-553-8868. Suzi Roher belt, $288, at Neiman Marcus. Nordstrom light opaque tights, $8, at Nordstrom, 704-442-6000.
INSPIRED OPULENCE: A regal plum hue coupled with intricate accessories is glamorous yet antique: Gem Palace Indo Russian earrings, $41,000; Gem Palace Indo Russian necklace, $160,000; Zac Posen African Violet gown, $6,698, all at Capitol.
EMBELLISHMENTS ABOUND: Layered pieces highlighting this season’s warm eggplant tones are paired simply with an embellished accessory: Juicy Couture two-tiered bubble hem baby doll in plonk, $258, at Juicy Couture, 704-364-1013. St. John vanilla cashmere wrap sweater, $695, at St. John, 704-366-4416. Jewel-embellished belt, $47.95, at Glitz ‘n Glamour, 704-895-3553.
FIGURE FORMING: In one of the Pooles’ guest rooms, a T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings Slipper Chair circa 1940 offers depth to the deep purple color of this form-fitting frock: Rebecca Taylor dress, $365, and Nancy Gonzalez croc handbag, $1,350, both at Neiman Marcus. Elegantly Waisted black belt, $140, at Just Grace, 704-892-9993. BCBG Ma-Nannisin heels in black/plum, $225, at BCBG, 704-366-0446.
ICONIC MOD: The Pooles’ ultramodern-meets-French-deco living room provides the perfect backdrop for a mod drop-waist dress reminiscent of the sixties: Miu Miu Abiti dress in corallo, $1,698, and Fogal velour opaque leggings, $62, both at Capitol. Melissa Joy Manning sterling silver square earrings, $148, at Poole Shop. Christian Louboutin Ariela Talon ankle boot, $890, at Bob Ellis, 704-366-6686
BIKER CHIC: Silver nail stud accents coupled with a deep red leather echoes the look and feel of the early nineties: J. Harris Handbags, $70, at Circa, 704-845-0433. Vince cashmere slope jacket in heather coal, $245,
MIXING OLD WITH NEW: Skinny jeans beckon the mid eighties but when paired with a layered tunic, a once-retro pairing feels more modern: Nicole Miller solid black knit hat with Chulucanas Border and Pom Pom Ties, $65, at Chezelle, 704-372-6612. Stella McCartney Cropped Skinny Jean with Cuff, $425, and Lanvin patent leather ballet flat in black, $495, both at Capitol. Bordeaux layered mist tunic, $98, at Anthropologie, 704-494-8799. St. John black knit turtleneck, $525, at St. John.
LET IT FLOW: The Pooles’ collection of Hermès dishware in a classic Balcons du Guadalquivir pattern complements the retro vibe of the cherry-red cape sweater: Ellen Tracy belted cape in paprika, $798, at Neiman Marcus. Hudson black skinny twill pant, $158, at Poole Shop. Chinese Laundry handbag, $63, at Circa. Oscar de la Renta Oscar ring lizard platform sling back in black/white, $795, at Capitol.